Regular commercial flights into Antigua and Barbuda by United Kingdom-based carriers are likely to continue, at least for the immediate future.
There have been concerns raised within the local hotel sector on the likely impact that a cancellation of these flights could have on the sector, which is trying to regain ground it lost because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.K. has closed its borders until mid-February 2021, and is restricting movement within the country except for essential services. The Cabinet was informed that Virgin Atlantic will continue to have flights to V.C. Bird International airport, though it is not possible to determine for how long, and if they will be further reduced.
Similarly, British Airways will also continue operating flights, at least for now. The airline has however not yet published a schedule. The decision by the U.K. government to impose a lockdown is likely to result in a reduction of British visitors to the region which will adversely affect employment of hotel staff and other fall-off in commerce.
Currently, visitors out of the U.K. represent fifty per cent of all visitors to Antigua and Barbuda. Any cessation or reduction in flight will likely have a negative impact on the fragile hotel sector.
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